When you watch television or films, you conclude that romance is just the stuff of those in their teens or 20s.
As if, somehow, once someone reaches adulthood, let alone the age of the elderly, the concept of romance is finally out of the question.
This may be more a function of the fact that more people in these age groups go to the cinema than any foundation in reality about the novel.
But we know that love in the sunset years is not only possible, it can also be the sweetest romance of all.
Part of the confusion may lie in another misconception or myth about the elderly that they are not capable of sexual activity. There are two levels of error in this misconception.
The first is the idea that people over 50 are sexually inactive.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Sexuality is a strong component of adult life at all stages of our maturity, and older people are just as capable of sexuality in their relationships as their most excited, though probably much more careful, teenager.
The second misconception that it is good to face and rest is that, even if sexuality is not part of the mix, the elderly are not romantic people.
This misunderstanding is undoubtedly maintained by people who do not spend quality time with the elderly themselves.
If anything, the opposite is the truth.
If someone followed the standards of film rental for the elderly, they would testify that the elderly have a healthy appetite for romantic comedies and a keen interest in romantic relationships.
Retirement is often a period of the tremendous revival of the concept of romance among older couples.
Couples who may have seen love fail in their relationship during their child-rearing years often know that this element of the relationship flourishes and becomes even sweeter and more exciting than it was when they were dating.
Adulthood before retirement is usually full of pressures to raise and release children, as well as social and work demands.
This kind of thing can take away the emotional and mental energy needed for romance.
Therefore, when a marriage matures until retirement together, it is common for older people to rediscover why they fell in love and experience a new era of romance that is fun and exciting for both of them.
But the elderly who are single are perfectly capable of looking for romantic moments with other people of their generation.
If they have managed their finances well, seniors may be well equipped to enjoy an active dating life and enjoy romantic evenings that enrich their lives and keep them optimistic and looking forward to their next romantic experience.
Besides, the elderly have time and leisure to nurture their romantic relationships slowly.
Therefore, the suspense of building a romance makes this romance full of emotion of discovery easily provided to an older person who may not be as eager to see the adventure go somewhere as a young man looking to start a family.
But dating and enjoying romantic moments with the opposite sex also provide much-needed companionship, and deep friendships can evolve from romances in the golden years.
If the older adult has lost a spouse, now with other people, their age can fill a gap left by that spouse and help facilitate the transition and sadness, so that the older person can successfully move into single life.